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Green Striped Cushaw Winter Squash (Heirloom, 105 Days)

Heirloom 1820’s. The cushaw is a crookneck winter squash and will run up to 20” long, weighing up to 12 pounds. Skin is creamy white with mottled green stripes. Slightly grainy texture of the flesh is sweet with a distinctive cushaw flavor. Great for pies. Tolerates squash vine borer. 

15 seeds

PLANTING

Cucurbita mixta

Germination: 7-10 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-85ºF

Seed Sowing Depth: 1/2-1" deep

Sowing Indoors: 3-4 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-85ºF soil temperature. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Transplant after last frost, 36-48" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: Sow after last frost when soil temperature is over 70ºF. Sow a few seeds every 36-48". 

How much does a packet plant: 12-15 foot single row, 3-5 hills

Harvest: Before heavy frost. Determine ripeness when the skin has turned color and becomes dull dry. You will be unable to create a dent when pressing your thumbnail into it. Leave two inches of the stem on the squash and manage carefully so there is no damage which can shorten storage life. Cure for 7-10 days in the sun to harden the rind and increase storage quality. Wipe any debris off skin before storing in a cool dark place with 50-55ºF temperatures and 50-65% humidity.

Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. They benefit from growing on black plastic and by using row covers for weed, insect control, and more rapid growth.

 

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    06/11/2019
    Diane M.
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    Cushaw squash

    They are growing beautifully.